Augustine’s “On the Trinity” notes

St. Augustine wrote his treatise on the Trinity to respond to the sophistries that arise from people not beginning with faith and putting perverse hope in the power of human reason. He explains this by saying that there are three species of errors that arise: some measure God by the products of human art; others measure God in relation to what is true about the human soul; and others don’t begin with anything that they actually understand, and end up saying all sorts of high-minded absurdities. Augustine gives as an example the idea that God could generate himself. The division seems exaustive of sophistries, which are as a rule either overly reductive or simplistic, or simply paradoxical or baseless.

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